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10 Oct

Steven Klein Parties in Paris, Balenciaga Goes to the

KLEIN’S CROWD: Steven Klein, who is thought for capturing supermodels and mega stars through his subversive and sexually charged lens for the past 30 years, celebrated the launch of his first namesake book during Paris Fashion Week with Naomi Campbell and Matchesfashion.

The famed director, videographer and photographer drew an intimate crowd for the launch party at Le Carmen.

Notable guests included familiar faces he has shot before, similar to Campbell, Natasha Poly and Coco Rocha, in addition to industry heavyweights like Michelle Lamy, Anna Dello Russo, Patti Wilson, Law Roach and Stefano Tonchi. Fashion talents including Michael Halpern, Steven Stokey-Daley, Thebe Magugu, Alessandra Wealthy and Dodo Bar Or also attended the event.

Published by Phaidon, the book features images originally published in magazines similar to Interview, W, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Vogue Hommes, i-D, in addition to photos of fashion icons similar to Madonna, Brad Pitt and Kim Kardashian.

Klein has been a frequent collaborator with brands similar to Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton, and his work has also been exhibited at galleries and museums globally similar to Deitch Projects, Gagosian Gallery and the International Center of Photography.

The monograph, retailing for 150 kilos, was exclusively prelaunched online at Matchesfashion on Oct. 3. — TIANWEI ZHANG

BALENCIAGA ONSTAGE: The Royal Opera House in London was in bloom because it readied a recent production for its opera stage with a primary costume partnership with a fashion house.

“Last Days,” which opened within the Linbury Theatre on Friday, relies on Gus Van Sant’s 2005 film of the identical name in partnership with Balenciaga.

The work was composed by Oliver Leith, the Royal Opera House and Guildhall School composer-in-residence; directed by Matt Copson and Anna Morrissey; libretto by Copson, and the 12-person ensemble conducted by Jack Sheen with guest artists GBSR Duo.

The brand created eight costumes for eight members of the ensemble forged in signature Balenciaga silhouettes.

Courtesy of The Royal Opera House

Balenciaga artistic director Demna collaborated with stylist Patrick Welde and Copson to mark the occasion.

The brand created eight costumes for eight members of the ensemble forged in signature Balenciaga silhouettes, including oversize and deconstructed denim pieces; an extended furry acid green coat and a shorter one in black; heavy silver chain jewelry, and dark shades.

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The opera took inspiration from the opening shot of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” where it comprises product placement.

Courtesy of The Royal Opera House

“Balenciaga was the plain fit — Demna’s work involves the questioning and distortion of archetypes, the aesthetics of ‘alternative’ and the legacy of the ’90s in a disruptive and poetic way,” said Copson.

“Each character on stage represents a special tribe and our references ranged from the specifics of Mormon backpacks to Seattle teen fashion. We asked ourselves: What do these forms mean to us now and the way can we distort these loaded symbols into something poetic?” he added.

The opera took inspiration from the opening shot of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” where it comprises product placement.

“An in depth-up of Converse shoes, politely tapping along to the long-lasting riff. We knew early on that we had to maneuver away from costuming a period and into something more paradoxical, that implicated us in the current day,” said Copson. — HIKMAT MOHAMMED

LAQUAN’S CAPSULE: LaQuan Smith has designed an exclusive capsule for Olivela, a luxury fashion e-commerce platform with purpose at its core.

Olivela promotes positive change by donating 20 percent of net proceeds from every purchase to its cause partners, with no cost to consumers or brand partners. The corporate has greater than 25 cause partners customers can select from at the top of their transaction. For October, Olivela is featuring its cause partner Stand As much as Cancer, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Smith’s capsule features eight pieces created from deadstock materials and based on favorite styles from previous collections, with recent styles added to the gathering every month. The looks include a PVC skirt, dress, gown, corset and pants. Prices range from $495 to $1,995.

The capsule collection shall be sold on Olivela.com and LaquanSmith.com.

A glance from LaQuan’s collection for Olivela.

“Olivela was a great partner for us since we are going to have the opportunity to make use of deadstock materials and stop them from going to waste through our collaboration,” said Smith, the 34-year-old chief executive officer of his namesake brand. “I’m all about giving back. I hope our collection will help raise awareness of the urgency of sustainability and the cause partners Olivela works with.

Asked about his favorite piece in the gathering, Smith said, “I like all of the PVC; it’s a moment. It could make any woman the focal point.

“I desired to create a set that could make a lady feel unapologetically sexy,” Smith added.

Earlier this month, Olivela, founded by Stacey Boyd, surpassed a $1 million milestone donation to global humanitarian organization, Save the Children, and can proceed to support the organization’s ongoing humanitarian assistance through the Children’s Emergency Fund. — LISA LOCKWOOD

RVCA TEAMS UP: RVCA’s newest collaboration is with Stella Maxwell.

“I used to be type of pondering, ‘What would I wear? What would I like to see my friends wearing?’” said the model of designing the gathering with RVCA founder Pat Tenore.

“I’ve known Pat for a extremely very long time,” she continued. “I met him after I first began my profession. We’ve been friends for thus a few years. He’s like family.”

Their mood board was stuffed with shots of Kate Moss’ Calvin Klein ads, photographs of a young Jane Birkin, Tupac Shakur, Madonna, TLC and Nirvana.

“It’s early ’90s hip-hop meets ’90s grunge with perhaps slightly little bit of ’70s love woven in there,” she said of the road. There are white tanks, graphic T-shirts, high-waisted jeans, dresses, swimsuits, sweats — and plenty of red plaid. “It’s unisex, very street, very comfortable to wear.”

Stella Maxwell

It’s a nod to Los Angeles and Latest York. Maxwell, who was born in Belgium, has been living between the coastal cities: “We loved the concept of balance of opposites…the balance of the L.A. and Latest York connection.”

The partnership marks Maxwell’s first clothing collaboration. (She helped design a line of purses with The Kooples.)

For RVCA, based in Costa Mesa, California, “it’s to achieve a recent girl, or the girl that we wish to acquire in the long run, so to talk,” said Scott Payne, global vp of product and marketing for RVCA.

“The success is gaining an increased audience of course for RVCA,” he went on, of launching women’s capsules. Last 12 months, the brand unveiled a set with model and actress Camille Rowe. “It really drives awareness, traffic through socials to our website.”

Sales of ladies’s at RVCA — owned by Boardriders — is roughly 25 percent of the business, Payne said, with key U.S. markets in California and Hawaii and the East Coast showing the “biggest growth pattern.” Internationally the main focus is on Australia, Latest Zealand, Japan, the U.K., France, Italy and Spain. – RYMA CHIKOUND

NEW SPIRIT: Kerri Rosenthal and Spiritual Gangster have collaborated on a limited-edition collection. –

Centered around wearable, on a regular basis pieces in vibrant color combos, the gathering features soft cashmere mix knits, performance-driven activewear, and vibrant hand-drawn graphics designed to encourage joy. Retail prices range from $48 to $348.

Spiritual Gangster, a yoga-inspired brand, creates collections to encourage living in gratitude, giving back and selecting kindness. Kerri Rosenthal’s designs also foster positivity with designs that ignite a way of individuality, warmth and personality. Based on Rosenthal, the inside designer, artist and stylist, the corporate’s philosophy is “quite easy…to make people blissful by making stuff that makes us blissful.”

The organic T-shirt.

“Our core values align perfectly,” Rosenthal said. “Each brands organically make things that, ultimately, appear to make people blissful. For every collaboration, I kick off the creative development with a painting. For SG, I painted two pieces, Select Happiness and Super Duper Hamsa. We turned the artwork into fabric designs and together made the styles which might be core to every brand. The gathering is amazing and I hope it brings you happiness.”

Vanessa Lee, cofounder of Spiritual Gangster, said, “I actually have been a fan of the Kerri Rosenthal brand for a while and saw such a synergy between Kerri Rosenthal’s mission and Spiritual Gangster’s. I reached out to Kerri, and the celebs aligned.…We decided to create something slightly recent and exciting for every of us, while still remaining true to our brands. In coming together, we’re capable of bring our messages of positivity and inspiration to a bigger audience. We hope that this collection brings you as much joy and lightweight as we experienced creating it.”

The gathering features a superlong cotton and cashmere London cardigan, a high-neck jacquard bra, a sculpt jacquard legging, an organic T-shirt, muscle tank relaxed crewneck pullover, and cotton and cashmere scarf, beanie and socks. — L.L.

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